No-History´s Library – The BACKYARD

Dedicated to Vicente Merino Jarpa.

This work belongs to the exhibition Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America curated by Heike Munder at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.

The No-History´s Library – The BACKYARD, has been elaborated from the CIA declassified documents and other intelligence organisms for the USA. The CIA declassified files cover from 1962 to 1977 and they include the following countries: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The selected documents presented in these books were taken from the website protected under the Liberty of Information Act, on which thousands of documents declassified by the USA can be found. The documents were selected according to criteria of information content and visibility, and they represent a tiny proportion of the total of the existing documents. Many of the documents are censored with blacked-out sentences, have the seals and stamps and use the letterhead of the organisations that produced them. The books created for the Zürich exhibit, are a critical collection of the 70.000 archives reviewed by the artist and have been organized according to a geopolitical and chronological criteria.

The books generated from the archives include in its editing process the black outs and textual information that because of its scale ad proportion avoid the hegemony of the written narrative over the visual reading. Given the reading difficulties created by the fragmentation imposed by the black outs to the documents and its lack of chronological organization, the narrative turns out into chaos. Revealing it as a traumatic effect. This acknowledges a time of interventions and negotiations in which the freedom of speech and access to the information was captured and that we propose in this project as a metaphor of the historical accounts.

These “books” artifact, exhibited and shown to the public in shelfs books, and which could be taken after answering the question: “What space would you assign to this book?” or “What are you going to do with this book”.

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300 libros con archivos desclasificados de América Latina

LIBRO 1:Chile/Brasil,/Argentina/ Uruguay;
Dimensiones: 15,5 cm x 1,6 cm x 23 cm

LIBRO 2: Ecuador, Colombia/ Venezuela/Perú/ Bolivia;
Dimensiones: 15,5 cm x 1,4 cm x 23 cm

7 Repisas.
Dimensiones de cada una: 49,2 cm x 26,1 cm x 28,2 cm

Escritorio con banco y papel para escritura
Dimensiones Escritorio: 100 cm x 60 cm x 76,5 cm
Dimensiones Banco: 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm
Dimensiones papel de escritura: 28 cm x 4000 cm

Dimensions Variable